Summary Writer: Rose McCarthy
Script Writer: David d’ Silva
Editor: Jane Standen
Interviewee: Jane Standen
James talks to Dr Jane Standen about chronic post-surgical pain.
Jane is s Consultant Anaesthetist and interventional Pain Specialist. She studied medicine at the University of Sydney and trained in anaesthesia at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. Subspecialty training in pain management was undertaken at the Michael J Cousins Pain Management and Research Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Jane has expertise in the treatment of both early onset and persistent pain. She specialises in minimally invasive procedures, aiming to reduce pain and enhance quality of life. She practices with an empathetic manner and takes an evidence-based approach.
Jane is an honorary tutor with the University of Sydney Masters in Pain Management and is actively involved in pain management education at the Mater Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. She regularly conducts GP educational sessions.
She is appointed at Norwest Private Hospital, the Sydney Adventist Hospital, the Mater Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital.
With Dr Jane Standen, Consultant Anaesthetist and Interventional Pain Specialist, Sydney, Australia
By definition, chronic post-surgical pain is new pain post-surgery that persists outside the time of normal wound healing. The definition is currently changing according to the International Classification of Disease 11 to ”persistent pain continuing at 3 months post-surgery or significant tissue trauma”. Managing chronic post-surgical pain can be challenging and may require close management by a multidisciplinary team.
Case – You are asked to see a gentleman on the wards who is waiting for pleurodesis for recurrent pneumothoraces. He has a background of depression and is very apprehensive about the procedure. He has 6/10 pain and is distressed wanting the procedure done now saying he is “dying of pain”.
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